Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, 2017

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18

Dear Readers,

It seems hard to believe that I began writing this blog four years ago after attending a Christian writer’s conference. My goals in recording what God has taught me during nearly 40 years of nursing is to glorify Him, encourage Christian nurses, and reveal to young people what nursing is all about.  I pray godly Christians will enter the field with realistic expectations.

As many baby boomers like myself retire, we need young men and women to fill the ranks who will give compassionate excellent care to their patients from a heart filled with Christ’s love. Nursing was often a challenging and difficult occupation, but the rewards were great whenever I had the opportunity to point one of my patients to my dear Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank the Lord for each of you who come from over 130 countries around the world. When I began to write this blog, I didn’t know if anyone would ever read it, but nearly 7000 people have now discovered it. The main countries where you, my readers, reside are USA, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Philippines, Germany, India, Australia, Italy, and France. Thank you for those of you who have told others about my blog. I’m hoping that I will have time to complete recording my nursing career journey over the next months.

I retired 18 months ago, but have been busy ever since with Spanish language school for seven months, relocating, and several travel trips thrown in there. People warned me that retirement could be busy, and I have found that to be the case! But it has been  enjoyable to make new friends in different corners of the world. I thank God for a good measure of health He has given me.

As we celebrate my favorite holiday here in the USA, Thanksgiving, I thank the Lord for each of you. I pray you will receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior if you have not already done so. If I can answer any questions you may have about salvation or pray for you specifically, please email me at pamela.aprn@gmail.com.   For those of you who are fellow believers, may you continue to grow in His grace and keep ” looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

November 24, 2016 – Texas

Tomorrow, here in the United States, we celebrate my favorite holiday of the entire year – Thanksgiving! This is a unique holiday to the USA which remembers God’s goodness to the Pilgrims who came to Massachusetts in 1620 to escape religious persecution. Many of them died the first harsh winter, so when they had their first bountiful harvest, they thanked God with a huge feast which they shared with the native American Indians.

The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving

For a wonderful review of the history of this holiday, please go to this link: pilgrims1

On Sunday, after church here in Texas, I experienced the biggest Thanksgiving dinner ever with my brothers and sisters in Christ on a beautiful sunny warm day outside under the big tent. They roasted 25 turkeys to serve 400 people!

Thanksgiving dinner for 400 people! They roasted 25 turkeys in these huge smokers.

Thanksgiving dinner for 400 people! They roasted 25 turkeys in this huge smoker.

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I thank God today for His goodness in giving His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place for our sins. Christ arose from the grave after three days and lives today for all eternity. How he wants each person to receive Him as their own Savior and be with Him for all eternity!

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5

In Everything Give Thanks

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

I Thessalonians 5:18

Our American celebration of Thanksgiving is my favorite of all the holidays! Since I now live in New England, I have visited Plimoth Plantation several times and even enjoyed a reenactment dinner of the First Thanksgiving. If you are an American history buff, you will enjoy looking at their website: http://www.plimoth.org

Thanksgiving Pumpkin

Thanksgiving Pumpkin

Edward Winslow, one of the original pilgrims, wrote in his journal, “And God be praised we had a good increase. Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.” –1621

Since I moved hundreds of miles away from my family, when I have to work the holiday or the Friday after Thanksgiving, I cannot return home. Various families from my church have “adopted” me  over the years which I so appreciate.

As a hospital and home care nurse, I have had to work my share of Thanksgiving holidays. The patients who remained in the hospital were understandably sad and seriously ill. It was a special opportunity to try and show them extra kindness and ask God for wisdom to speak an encouraging word to them. To those nurses who are working on Thanksgiving day, I pray you will be richly blessed and strengthened as you minister to your patients.

I will close with the first chorus I ever learned as a Christian which is a wonderful prayer of thanks to God.

Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul; Thank You, Lord, for making me whole;

Thank You, Lord, for giving to me, Thy great salvation so rich and free!

–by Seth & Bessie Sykes

New England Fall Foliage

New England Fall Foliage